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Video: 2019 Elections: Buhari records landslide victory in Kano, Katsina

President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has recorded a landslide victory in Saturday’s presidential election in Kano and Katsina States. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Collation Officer for Kano state, Prof. Magaji Garba, announced that Buhari polled 1,464,768 votes to defeat his opponents in the poll. Garba who is the Vice-Chancellor, Federal University, Gusau, Zamfara State, while presenting the score card for the State at the National Collation Centre in Abuja, said that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)’s Atiku Abubakar, came second with 391,593 votes. The Collation officer also said that Donald Duke of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) got 635 votes to place third. Similarly, INEC also announced that Buhari won the election in Katsina, his home State, by an overwhelming margin. According to Prof. Fatima Mukhtar, the Collation Officer for the state, Buhari polled 1,232,133 votes to defeat his PDP opponent, Atiku Abubakar, who score…

LIVE UPDATES: Day 2: Buhari continues to lead as results of more states are released

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Tuesday, February 26, resumed the declaration of the official results for the recently held presidential election. The INEC had earlier declared the results for the Federal Capital Territory and some states showing that President Muhammadu Buhari was leading. Anxiety continues as the declaration of results continue. Prof Mahmood Yakubu, the chairman of INEC, says the electoral umpire is sure to complete the declaration. Mahmood announces the resumption of the national collation for 2019 presidential election. Calls on collation officer for Niger state. Announcing her appearance for Niger state is the vice chancellor for the Federal University of Lokoja, Professor Angela Freeman Total number of registered voters: 2,375,568 Total number of accredited voters: 911,964 And a total of 25 Local government elections areas, which according to the collation officer all successfully had elections in those areas. Total number of valid votes…

Breaking: Atiku defeats President Buhari in Plateau state

Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has defeated President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the official collation of the presidential election in Plateau state. Atiku polled 548,665 votes to defeat Buhari who scored 468, 555 votes in the election. Total valid votes 103,4853 Rejected votes - 28,009 Total votes cast - 1,0628,62 There were cases of cancellation of votes due to rejection of card readers and falsification of results. 12 local government areas were affected with 126 polling units affected thereby affecting 146,355 votes.

We all know for Everton it is like a World Cup final - Klopp throws shade on Toffees ahead of derby

- Jurgen Klopp poked fun at Merseyside rivals ahead of Premier League fixture - Liverpool fans have taken social media by storm with Klopp's comments - Everton will host Liverpool in the Merseyside derby at Goodison Park this weekend Jurgen Klopp threw shade on Everton ahead the Merseyside derby and Liverpool fans are loving it on social media. Liverpool have to be at their best to beat Everton at Goodison Park on Sunday, March 3, as the Merseyside derby is more about claiming bragging rights in the area. And Klopp's banter ahead of the highly anticipated derby has given Liverpool fans something to laugh about. The former Dortmund gaffer said the derby was like a World Cup final to Everton, while for the Reds, they were more interested in winning the Premier League and the Champions League. "Everton, we all know for them it's like a World Cup final," said Klopp. "It's away after we beat them at Anfield in the 96th minute, so how can we celebrate one win…

Breaking: Buhari speaks after winning 2019 presidential election

President Muhammadu Buhari at the All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Campaign Council Office addressed the nation shortly after being declared the winner of the 2019 presidential election. In a brief speech by the president, he thanked Nigerians for re-election him and praised the efforts of the national leader of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and the party's national chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, towards his successful re-election. He also commended security agencies for a job well done during the election while expressing condolences over the lives lost during the polls.

Man City beat Chelsea 4-3 on penalties to lift the EFL Cup at Wembley

- EFL Cup final clash saw defending champions Manchester City beat Premier League rivals Chelsea on penalties to win the title - The game proceeded into penalties following their failure of the two teams to find the back of the net during regulation period Manchester City have been crowned the 2019 EFL Cup champions after beating Chelsea on penalties at the Wembley Stadium. The Citizens beat Chelsea 4-3 on penalties following their failure to find the back of the net in open play after 120 minutes. This evening's victory means that that the Etihad Stadium outfit have won six EFL Cup titles since the start of the competition - after successfully defending the title they won last term. Liverpool are the record winners of the Cup with eight titles in their cabinet, while Pep Guardiola's men are second on the chart. It was indeed an end-to-end game for both sides as all their efforts to break the dead lock after regulation period failed to materialise. But while the match was goi…

Cristiano Ronaldo slammed by fans after making angry gesture when Dybala scored

- Cristiano Ronaldo has been accused by fans of making angry gesture on social media - The Portuguese was seen punching the air with his fist when Dybala scored against Bologna - The 33-year-old failed to score for the Bianconeri in the second consecutive match in five days Cristiano Ronaldo had a strange celebration when Juventus took the lead against Bologna through Paulo Dybala. The Bianconeri went 13-points clear in Serie A and the Portuguese is looking to secure his first league title in Italy since leaving Real Madrid last summer. However the 33-year-old fired blanks as midfielder Dybala got the only goal of the match. While the score was at 0-0 in the 66th minute, Dybala has been on the pitch for eight minutes after coming on for Alex Sandro. But the Argentine was at the right place and at the right time when he received the ball from Blaise Matuidi. But Ronaldo was waiting behind the defence when the ball hits Bologna defender Filip Helander, as it falls kindly to Dybala who …

EFL Cup: Man City beat Chelsea on penalties to win the title again

- EFL Cup final clash saw defending champions Manchester City beat Premier League rivals Chelsea on penalties to win the title - The game proceeded into penalties following their failure of the two teams to find the back of the net during regulation period Manchester City have been crowned the 2019 EFL Cup champions after beating Chelsea on penalties at the Wembley Stadium. The Citizens beat Chelsea 4-3 on penalties following their failure to find the back of the net in open play after 120 minutes. This evening's victory means that that the Etihad Stadium outfit have won six EFL Cup titles since the start of the competition - after successfully defending the title they won last term. Liverpool are the record winners of the Cup with eight titles in their cabinet, while Pep Guardiola's men are second on the chart. It was indeed an end-to-end game for both sides as all their efforts to break the dead lock after regulation period failed to materialise. But while the match was goi…

28-year-old woman allegedly killed by husband after quarrel in Migori

Residents of Suna West Sub-county. Migori are still coming to terms with the gruesome death of a 28-year old woman in what is believed to be foul play from her own husband. Evelyn Musira was found dead in her own pool of blood on Saturday, February 23 with her husband nowhere to be seen. Citizen reports that Musira’s body was initially found by neighbors who in turn alerted the area chief. From the wounds in the deceased’s body, it was clear she had suffered a vicious attack as her body was rigged with cuts from what looked like a panga. Oruba Sub-location Chief Charles Ouma confirmed the incident, adding that the gruesome murder was most likely committed by the husband who was still at large. Neighbors further confirmed that the couple had been having domestic issues in the build up to Musira’s tragic death. According to Ouma, the boy was force to look for a place to sleep as his father, who came home in drunken stupor, engaged in an altercation with the deceased and forced him out. …

Regina King wins supporting actress Oscar for 'Beale Street'

LOS ANGELES, (Reuters) - Regina King won the Oscar for best supporting actress on Sunday for her role as a mother trying to look out for her pregnant daughter in "If Beale Street Could Talk." It was the first Oscar for King, 48, who began her career in Hollywood more than three decades ago as a teenager on the 1980s sitcom "227." In the Barry Jenkins-directed "Beale Street", King plays the mother of a pregnant young woman whose future is ruined when her boyfriend is imprisoned for a crime he did not commit. A prolific actress known for her mix of grit and warmth, King for decades has been a fixture on television and in movies, largely in supporting roles. Her breakout film role came in 1996 when she played the wife of Cuba Gooding Jr.'s character in "Jerry Maguire." This was the first Oscar nomination for King, who has claimed three Emmy Awards in recent years. She also won a Golden Globe Award earlier this year for her "Beale Street&q…

Maurizio Sari dismisses rumours about joining AS Roma in the summer

- Maurizio Sarri has revealed he is ready to remain Chelsea manager beyond the current season - The Blues are technically out of the Premier League race following a string of poor results - The Stamford Bridge club will face Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final on Sunday Maurizio Sarri has declared he will not be leaving Chelsea for Roma after speculation about his future at Stamford Bridge. The ex-Napoli boss has come under immense criticism following his side's poor form since the beginning of the New Year. However, the 59-year-old's side defeated Malmo 3-0 to qualify for the Europa League round of 16 on a 5-1 goal aggregate. Sarri was asked in a post-match conference if he had been in contact with Roma, he said: "Of course no, I have a contract with Chelsea for next season so it is impossible." The Blues went into their Europa League clash with Malmo losing 4-0 to Bournemouth, 6-0 to Man City and an FA Cup fifth round 2-0 defeat to Manchester United. The west…

PDP wins in Osinbajo polling unit

- The PDP reportedly won in the polling unit of Professor Yemi Osinbajo - The vice president's APC lost in the presidential, senatorial and House of Representatives elections in his unit The Peoples Democratic Party has won elections in the polling unit of vice president, Professor Yemi Osinbajo. According to Premium Times, the PDP won the elections for all positions conducted at the polling unit of the vice president. The opposition party reportedly won in the two voting points of the Polling Unit 033. For the presidential election, the PDP had 425 votes while the APC had 229. In the senatorial election, the PDP polled 414 votes while the APC had 261. For the House of Representatives election, the PDP had 268 while the APC had 190 votes. It was reported that the last voter cast his vote at exactly 7 p.m. while vote counting ended 12:20 a.m. on Sunday, February 24. Meanwhile, former Lagos state governor and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Bola Ahmed Tinubu has kn…

2019 election violence: Army apprehends 15 political thugs, recovers arms in Bayelsa

- Fifteen political thugs have been arrested during the presidential and National Assembly elections in southern Ijaw local government area of Bayelsa state - According to report, the thugs were arrested by the 16 Brigade of the Nigerian Army in Yenagoa - The arrest of the political thugs led to the recovery of large cache of arms, ammunition and other items The 16 Brigade of Nigerian Army in Yenagoa has arrested 15 armed thugs during the presidential and National Assembly elections in Southern Ijaw local government area of Bayelsa state. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that both Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa and ex-governor Timipre Sylva had earlier accused each other of masterminding violence that trailed the polls in the state. He said: “Trops of 5 Battalion, 16 Brigade Nigerian Army today arrested 15 armed men suspected to be political thugs at Ikebiri 1 in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa. “It was a successful operation that led to the recovery of la…

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer enjoys expensive dinner hours before Liverpool clash at old Trafford

- Ole Gunnar Solskjaer steps away from work to enjoy dinner with friends ahead of Liverpool clash - The Red Devils have enjoyed progression on the log since the arrival of the Norwegian on interim basis in December - They will hope they can inflict pains on their rivals to maintain their top four position at the end of proceedings at Old Trafford on Sunday Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer seems undisturbed ahead of his side's crunch Premier League clash against Liverpool at Old Trafford this weekend. The Norwegian was spotted wearing relaxed smiles as he stepped out to enjoy sumptuous dinner with friends at a restaurants in Hale Barns in Cheshire on Friday evening. With the Red Devils hoping to finish among the top four teams at the end of the season, claiming all three points in this weekend's encounter will be their major target. United rose to fourth position on the EPL log with just one point above Arsenal and Chelsea having avoided defeat in the league since S…

KKR mulling bid for Asda after merger with Sainsbury falters - Sunday Times

EDINBURGH (Reuters) - American private equity giant KKR is plotting a bid for Walmart's Asda as talks for its merger with British rival Sainsbury falter on competition concerns, The Sunday Times reported. KKR is thought to be working with former Asda boss Tony De Nunzio, now a senior adviser to the buyout firm, the report said. The newspaper, which did not cite its sources, said Asda would have a lower valuation than the 7.3 billion pounds in the Sainsbury's deal because there would not be the same economies of scale. The report cited a source close to Walmart which said it was not in a rush to find a new buyer for Asda. A spokesperson for Asda could not immediately be reached for comment. Britain's Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) published the preliminary findings of its probe into the deal on Wednesday, concluding that there could be a significant lessening of competition if the deal went ahead. (Reporting by Elisabeth O'Leary; Editing by Daniel Wallis)

Chelsea beat Malmo 3-0 to join Arsenal in Europa League last 16

- Chelsea vs Malmo ended in a 3-0 win for the Blues at Stamford Bridge - The west London club made it through to the last 16 of the Europa League - The Blues are gearing up to play Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final Chelsea vs Malmo round of 32 Europa League match ended in a 3-0 win for the Blues as they qualify for the next round of the competition. The Swedish side came into the match against Maurizio Sarri's men who have been in disastrous form since the New Year, more ambitious. The Blues who won their first away game to Malmo in the first leg were on the back foot as Rasmus Bengtsson almost put the visitors ahead in the fourth minute from a cross, but ball sailed just wide. The Scandinavians showed more intent in the early exchanges of the match but failed to make their half-chances count. Olivier Giroud who was handed a rare start by Sarri had his side-footed shot blocked defender Behrang Safari as it was heading goalwards. The first 45 minutes ended goalless but Malm…

US aid for Venezuela lands in Curacao

A plane carrying food and medical aid from the United States landed on the Caribbean island of Curacao Thursday en route for Venezuela, whose government has vowed to block it. AFP reporters saw the jet land at the airport in Curacao, one of the focal points of a volatile standoff between Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and self-declared head of state Juan Guaido. A dozen Venezuelan opposition supporters cheered and sang their national anthem as the plane touched down after flying from Miami. Minutes later cargo handlers started unloading pallets of aid from the plane. Organizers say the aid will help relieve Venezuelans suffering in an economic crisis. One of the Venezuelan organizers of the shipment, Miguel Rodriguez, told AFP the aid would be transferred by Saturday to a nearby seaport where it would await the local government's authorization to sail for Venezuela. Maduro has branded the aid a smokescreen for a US invasion. He has vowed to block US aid from entering Venezue…

New Platform Converts Crypto to Fiat Without Know Your Customer Requirements

Cryptocurrency wallet MyEtherWallet (MEW) in collaboration with crypto finance firm Bity are releasing a platform to convert cryptocurrency to fiat without Know Your Customer (KYC) requirements. MEW announced the news in a blog post published on Feb. 20. Per the announcement, users of the MEW V5 wallet are now able to exchange up to 5,000 Swiss Francs ($4,995) worth Bitcoin (BTC) and Ethereum (ETH) to euros and Swiss francs without going through KYC requirements inside the wallet. Users can purportedly make the exchange from any part of the world. KYC procedure enable organizations to verify the identity of their customers before or during dealing with them. Businesses can assess whether their clients are involved in illegal activities like money laundering or corruption. To use so called “Exit-to-Fiat” option, customers have to choose the target digital and fiat currencies in the wallet dashboard. Users will further be asked to provide some personal data, including their phone numbe…

Democratic senators urge FTC to act on Facebook 'friendly fraud' practices

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Two Democratic U.S. senators called for the Federal Trade Commission to act on a complaint filed by consumer groups against Facebook on Thursday that alleged the company scammed children into spending money on its platform. A coalition of consumer groups asked the FTC to investigate whether Facebook had engaged in deceptive practices, claiming the company lured children into making extensive in-game purchases without parental consent. The social media company settled a class action lawsuit on the issue in 2016, but further details came to light last month after a request by the Center for Investigative Reporting resulted in the unsealing of the court documents. The documents revealed that Facebook employees referred to the practice as "friendly fraud" and called children who racked up thousands of dollars in charges "whales," a term commonly used in casinos to describe high-spending gamblers. "We urge the FTC to review in detail the …

Marsabit: Man burns 11-year-old boy's hands for stealing food

An 11-year-old boy from Marsabit county has been left nursing third degree injuries on his hands after a neighbour dipped them into boiling water for hours. The boy who was grazing their livestock felt hungry and decided to go to their neighbour's house and prepared some food to eat before the owner found him in his home. In a report by NTV, Lentioni Ndemau found the boy eating in his house and demanded to know why he had stolen his food. As punishment to the young man, the neighbour from hell tied the boy on a tree with his head and hands facing downwards before he dipped his hands in boiling water for hours. The boy's parents who had assumed he was lost found him the next day still hanging from the tree and untied him before they rushed him to hospital. The doctors at the hospital said the boy's hands will have to be amputated for higher chances of survival as the burns were so intense to be treated successfully. The neighbour was arrested and later released from police…

FAO warns food supply threatened by declining biodiversity

The UN food agency on Friday warned about the threat to the future of the world's food production from a lack of biodiversity in the environment. In a report, the first of its kind by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), it said there was "mounting evidence that the biodiversity that underpins our food systems, at all levels, is declining around the world." That is putting food production and the environment "under severe threat," the FAO warned. "Once lost, plant, animal and micro-organisms species that are critical to our food systems, cannot be recovered." Biodiversity enables agriculture systems to be more resilient to shocks such as disease and pest outbreaks, as well as coping with climate change. The report cited as examples the dramatic fall in food production from infestations such as the potato blight in Ireland in the 1840s and the losses of the tropical taro plant in Samoa in the 1990s. The FAO says the drivers for biodiversity los…

Elections 2019: We won't interfere - China says

- The People’s Republic of China says it won't interfere in Nigeria's elections - The Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman, Geng Shuang, said his country always stands for the principle of non-interference in the internal affairs of other countries - The spokesman says China hopes and believes that Nigeria's elections will be held successfully and smoothly The People’s Republic of China has stated that it won't interfere in Nigeria's elections taking place on Saturday, February 23. The disclosure was made on Thursday, February 21, by the spokesperson for the Chinese Foreign Ministry, Geng Shuang, while addressing members of the media during a press conference, Daily Trust reports. The spokesman also added that his country “hopes and believes” that Nigeria’s presidential and National Assembly elections will be held “successfully and smoothly”. Shuang noted Nigeria’s “importance” to Africa's development and that of the global community. Onyeama said that Nigeria, …

Michael B. Jordan in talks to star in Denzel Washington's Journal for Jordan

Michael B. Jordan is reportedly in talks to star in Denzel Washington's next directorial effort, Journal for Jordan. The film will be based on the relationship between Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Dana Canedy and First Sergeant Charles Monroe King while he was deployed overseas in Iraq. King kept a journal for their newborn son Jordan, but Charles was killed in 2006 when the baby was seven months old. The movie will be produced by the Black Panther and Creed star for his Outlier Society company, while Washington will also produce alongside Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal, and Steve Tisch. Mudbound screenwriter Virgin Williams will pen the script. Meanwhile, Jordan has also announced plans to launch a mentorship programme under his production banner, which was established last year (18). He previously used his new platform with his company to help deal with the diversity issues in Hollywood by working with bosses at Warner Bros. Pictures Group to create their new inclusion policy…

Election 2019: FJP presidential candidate asks Buhari to address Nigerians on shoot-at-sight order

- President Muhammadu Buhari's recent comment on electoral practices continues to generate reactions nationwide - The president had warned that anyone who attempted to snat*ch ballot boxes during the polls would pay with his life - The presidential candidate of the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), Dr. Onwubuya John Breakforth, has urged the president to clarify the statement The presidential candidate of the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), Dr. Onwubuya John Breakforth, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to clarify his recent statement on electoral practices. Breakforth specifically wants the president to deliver a nationwide address to Nigerians, especially to tell security agencies that he did not instruct them to kill Nigerians extra-judicially. The president had warned that anyone who attempted to snat*ch ballot boxes during the polls would pay with his life, a comment many feared would be misinterpreted by the security agencies. The president's clarification, he said, …